Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to regenerate park popular with pupils

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 February 2016

Churchfields Park in South Woodford is set to benefit from a grant from Tesco to improve the playgound area which often floods

Churchfields Park in South Woodford is set to benefit from a grant from Tesco to improve the playgound area which often floods


Churchfield Park, used by several schools in the area, is planning to use funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to renovate its playground.

The supermarket chain has teamed up with the Recorder to donate proceeds from plastic bag sales to three Redbridge initiatives.

Now it’s up to readers to decide who gets the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 grants on offer.

This week, we are profiling the third and final nominee, Friends of Churchfields Park.

In November 2014 a petition presented to Redbridge Council to highlight residents’ concerns over the lack of maintenance at the children’s play area in South Woodford collected more than 700 signatures.

The Recorder spoke to Nicola Wyndham, of Friends of Churchfields Park, to discuss what the grant would do for the recreation ground.

She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic because we have a huge amount of work to do.

“We’d like to see a complete overhaul of the entire recreation ground and this would be a good first step to accomplishing that.”

The park is opposite Churchfields Infants and Junior schools and serves just under 1,000 pupils in the area, but parents are worried the playground does not meet demand.

Nicola said: “The play area only serves the younger ages, so that’s something we’re hoping to incorporate into our plans for the grant.”

With its cracked paving, waterlogged turf and dangerous potholes, Nicola hopes the Bags of Help scheme will help give Churchfields Park a second lease of life.

Forest Farm Peace Garden and Roding Valley Park, which have been profiled in the Recorder in the past two weeks, are also in line for grants.

Voting on who will get the top £12,000 prize opened in Tesco stores on Saturday, and readers cana also vote in next week’s Recorder.

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